Joe E. Ross

Highest Rated: 85% Pennies From Heaven (1981)
Birthday: Mar 15, 1914
Birthplace: Not Available
Strange but true: Gravel-voiced comic actor Joe E. Ross was once a boy tenor. In fact, while working as a singing waiter in a Bronx eatery at age 16, Ross' lilting voice was known to move hardened gangster types to sentimental tears. After Ross' voice broke (actually it shattered into a million pieces), he found success as a burlesque and nightclub comic, principally in the Miami Beach area. One of the best of the "blue" comics of the 1950s, Ross had to launder his act considerably when cast as mess sergeant Rupert Ritzik in the popular Phil Silvers sitcom You'll Never Get Rich (aka Sergeant Bilko, 1955-59). Series producer Nat Hiken starred Ross in the strikingly similar role of Bronx police officer Gunther Toody on Car 54 Where Are You, which ran from 1961 through 1963. Both Ritzik and Toody--like Ross himself--were born without taste buds (trivia collectors take notice!), both had a long-suffering wife (played by Beatrice Pons) who'd regularly stick her head out the window and shout "Listen, America! My husband is a nut!," and both exclaimed "Ooh! Ooh!" whenever excited. In 1967, Joe E. Ross co-starred with Imogene Coca as a caveman in the monumentally unsuccessful Sherwood Schwartz sitcom It's About Time, then returned to the nightclub circuit, sporadically showing up in bit roles in films as aesthetically diverse as The Love Bug (1968) and Linda Lovelace For President (1975).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
85% Pennies From Heaven Bank Teller 1981
No Score Yet No Man's Valley Actor 1981
No Score Yet Skatetown U.S.A. Rent-a-Cop 1979
No Score Yet Gas Pump Girls Bruno 1979
47% The Cheap Detective Michel 1978
52% Pete's Dragon Cement Man 1977
44% Kingdom of the Spiders Vern Johnson 1977
No Score Yet Slumber Party '57 (Teenage Slumber Party) Patrolman 1976
No Score Yet Linda Lovelace for President 2nd Dirty Guy 1975
No Score Yet How to Seduce a Woman Bartender 1974
No Score Yet Frasier, the Sensuous Lion Kuback 1973
No Score Yet Revenge Is My Destiny Maxie Marks 1971
No Score Yet The Boatniks Nutty Sailor 1970
No Score Yet The Naked Zoo Mr. Barnum 1970
75% The Love Bug Detective 1969
No Score Yet Maryjane Mr. Reardon 1968
50% Tony Rome Bartender 1967
No Score Yet All Hands on Deck Bos'n 1961
70% The Bellboy Joey 1960
No Score Yet Maracaibo Milt Karger 1958
No Score Yet Teaserama Actor 1955

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Stewart
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show
1955-1959
Sgt. Rupert Ritzik
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955

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